The prologs were long and hard to get through, but i think part of that has to do with our own education. How many of us have learned about Frederick Douglass in history class? I believe it is all of us, here in the US. We have grown up hearing his name and are familiar with his story. But put the prologs in the context of the times, all things considered, the prologs are needed to credit Douglass.
Douglass has accomplished many things in the literary world. He has published news papers and books. What he is most famous for is his narrative, the “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave, Written by Himself.” This story is so intriguing to audiences because the topic of slavery is a taboo, and makes people uncomfortable. Also from Douglass jumping back from the story and making comments as the author in current day, we know that there is a happy ending. Slave stories, concentrated on the lives of the slaves, and not the horrible treatment, depicts the strongest and most raw human spirit; it is empowering. After reading the narrative, one does not dwell too long on the unjust treatment of slaves, but of the power within, to carry on, to strive for something greater, for knowledge. The narrative language also makes the story an easy read. Douglass does not overpower his struggle with gruesome details of whippings and other harmful acts. He does not judge, but rather tell events as facts, simple and clean, allowing the actions to speak for them selves. The narrative is written with such emotion and passion that drips off of the pages. Readers cannot help but care for Douglass and want to read on. The language is simple, and this is understandable since Douglass slowly taught himself how to read and write. This also helps in the reading because the reader is not stumped over difficult words.
I enjoyed reading Douglass, mostly because he brings my passion about racial injustices to the surface and puts fuel in my fire.

Simon Bolivar’s letter to Henry Cullen can be compared to Viscardo’s letter to the Spanish Americans as well as with Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence. All three men are idealist and try to predict the future of their countries. They also justify independence, what would be considered treason, with the denial of human rights by their mother countries.
What makes Bolivar different is his writing style. He was trained in Latin Oratory. His response to Cullen’s inquiry about the state of Spanish America is a perfect example of Bolivar’s writing. Typical of the period, Bolivar starts out with humbling himself and playing the victim.
Bolivar starts most topics with a quote, generally from Cullen’s letter. Then he states his answer and generally ends with rhetorical questions. He also uses metaphors, “That wicked stepmother is the source of all our suffering.”(13) One in particular is also common with Viscardo and Jefferson, their country being veiled or covered. “The veil has been rent, and now we can see the light; now she wants to return us to darkness.”

Thomas Jefferson and J. Hector St John de Crevecoeur are from the same century, the eighteenth, but have surprisingly different ideas and writing styles, but this is due to their particular circumstances.
Thomas Jefferson was against slavery, but he also owned his own slaves. It is uncertain as to whether or not Jefferson actually believed all of the radical ideas he preached. There is also another possibility that Jefferson felt a need to conform to societal expectations. He lived in Virginia on his father’s farm. As a politician Jefferson had to pick his fights and had a lot to lose. He developed a sermon style in order to give his speeches. Although Jefferson, himself was not a religious man, he used this style to persuade his religious audiences. The sermon style allowed for his lofty ideas and rhetorical questions. his persuasive manner.
Crevecoeur was not in the same Political/public situation as Jefferson so he had more freeway. He was a common man and a realist. Crevecour was not a man to hid hid ideas within a flowery mush of unnecessary words. He declared his ideas because he was in no need of persuading others to see his views. Crevecoeur listed his ideas in the logical order of statements followed by explanation. Most of Crevecoeur’s ideas and feelings against slavery came from his lack of want or need for their services. Crevecoeur lived in Normandy, France until he was twenty-four when he was inducted into the French. After the French and Indian War Crevecoeur settled in New York, where slavery was not so prevalent. Also as a cartographer, his profession demanded much travel, in which he felt no need to own any slaves.
Both Thomas Jefferson and J. Hector St John de Crevecoeur fought against slavery, but their tactics derived from completely different situations.

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